Prepping your trees for winter is an important task to ensure they last through the cold precipitation. If you live in Charlotte, you know it’s warm outside, so there’s still time to make sure your landscape is in good working order and able to withstand the coming elements. Follow these tips to care for your trees this fall so they’re adequately prepped for winter.
Tip #1: Ensure adequate hydration. You may think this isn’t necessary in the winter, but cold droughts can happen as easily as summer droughts, leaving your trees thirsty. While you won’t need to water them as much, an occasional thirst quencher can be a lifesaver for your landscape. Make sure you water when the trees and soil are cool but not frozen.
Tip #2: Prune your trees. Pruning is much easier once the leaves have fallen off, which is happening now! It’s the perfect time to hire a Charlotte tree pruning service to preserve the health of your trees and ensure they don’t stop growing. Removal of dead or weak branches will keep falling limbs from doing damage to your property during ice storms. Pruning also helps to relieve stress on trees.
Keep in mind that it’s important to prune at the proper time. Pruning at the wrong time can actually result in injury to your trees, making them more susceptible to further damage. Fall is usually a good time, but it depends on the tree and the conditions surrounding it. Consult with a professional tree service company to determine if pruning your trees in the fall is a good idea.
Tip #3: Plant new trees. Cooler weather conditions optimize root growth in new trees, making fall the perfect time to plant! It may seem counterproductive as trees are shedding their leaves and becoming bare, but planting now will allow roots to establish themselves and get ready for top growth once the spring showers and summer warmth return.
Tip #4: Don’t forget to fertilize. Hot summers and cold winters result in soil nutrient depletion, robbing your trees of the vital nutrients they need to survive and thrive. Applying a slow-release fertilizer in the fall will help to ensure adequate nutrition, while also strengthening your trees and making them better able to resist damage from insects, disease, and harsh weather. They’ll regain nutrients lost over the summer, continue to feed through the cold season, and be ready to bloom again come spring!
Tip #5: Add mulch. In addition to fertilization a thin layer of mulch under your tree can help ensure adequate nutrient and water retention, while reducing extreme temperatures in the soil. It basically acts as a blanket to give your trees an added protective layer. Consider it an inexpensive “insurance policy” for your trees.
We get a lot of calls in the winter, due to tree storm damage that could easily be prevented through proper fall tree care and maintenance. Take a proactive approach and call us today at (704) 207-0842 for a FREE estimate on tree service in Charlotte NC!